Despite the severe financial climate of the Great Depression and political infighting, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) survived mainly as a coastal defence force. This period also saw the delivery of the first major warships designed and built for the RCN.
Thomas Phillips, seen here in his full-dress uniform, was a British-born naval engineer who worked on the designs of HMCS Skeena and HMCS Saguenay.
During the First World War, Phillips had been on loan from the Royal Navy as a temporary engineer lieutenant in HMCS Niobe and at Naval Service Headquarters in Ottawa, transferring to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1918. In this photograph, he carries the full-dress bicorn hat and wears a tailcoat with epaulettes, a belt and sword. Phillips's son Raymond would go on to serve with distinction in the RCN during and after the Second World War.
George Metcalf Archival Collection